Event of Extreme Conditions
The nature of a hurricane provides for more warning than other natural and weather disasters. A hurricane watch is issued when a hurricane becomes a threat to a coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane winds of 74mph or higher, or a combination of dangerously high water and rough seas, are expected within 24 hours.
Once a hurricane watch has been issued:
- Stay calm and await instructions from the Emergency Coordinator or designated official.
- Continue to Monitor
- Moor any boats securely or move to a safe place if time allows
- Dispatch early out of low-lying areas or from the coast at the request of officials
- If you’re on high ground, (away from the coast) and plan to stay, secure the building, move all loose items indoors and board up windows and openings
- Collect drinking water in appropriate containers.
Once a hurricane warning has been issued:
- Be ready to evacuate as directed by the Emergency Coordinator or designated official
- Leave areas that might be affected by storm tide or stream flooding
During a hurricane:
- Remain indoors and consider the following:
- Small interior rooms on the lowest floor and without windows
- Hallways on the lowest floor away from doors and windows
- Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick, or block with no windows
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